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Turnaround in cabinet support rate difficult, media polls

According to the nationwide public opinion poll conducted by Mainichi Shimbun on May 26–27, the Abe cabinet support rate was 31% while the nonsupport rate was 48%. Both rates are essentially unchanged from the figures in the April poll. Some media found that the support rate had turned up in their May polls, and ruling party sources were relieved that “the downward trend has stopped.” A detailed analysis reveals, however, that the situation where nonsupport exceeds support looks unlikely to change. (Abridged)


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